Navy Wins Every Event in Defeating MIT and Springfield on Sunday
Feb. 26, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - For the second-consecutive meet, Navy sophomore Christopher Tam (Draper, Utah) won the all-around as the No. 14 Midshipmen won each of the six disciplines en route to a season-best 201.5-point, first-place team score over MIT and No. 16 Springfield on Sunday afternoon at du Pont Gymnasium. Springfield came in second with 183.7 points, while MIT finished third with 181.95 points.
With the wins, Navy improved to 12-5 on the year, while Springfield's mark moved to 5-10 and MIT dropped to 1-10.
Tam won the all-around competition with a score of 49.8 points, showcased by matching his season-high mark of 8.9 on the high bar to win the event.
Navy also recorded the top-three all-around efforts during Sunday's meet for the third-straight week. Senior Grant Regelin (Columbia, Md.) placed second with a 48.1 score, while senior team captain Ben Peterman (Amherst, Mass.) rounded out the top-three with a 47.9-point showing.
Sophomore Brandon Cook (Longmont, Colo.) accounted for two of Navy's six first-place marks on Sunday. Cook pulled down a season-best score of 9.15 in the floor exercise, in addition to earning 9.1 point from the judges on the vault to win both events.
Junior Sean Blackman (Fayetteville, Ga.) posted a 9.0-plus mark on the still rings for the sixth-time in seven competitions this year. Blackman, he ninth-ranked gymnast in the nation on the still rings, won the event with a 9.15-point showing.
The Midshipmen went 1-2-3 on the pommel horse, led by freshman Joseph Atzenbeck's (Broomfield, Colo.) season-best score of 8.6. Fellow freshman Adam Stanton (Centennial, Colo.) also bested his previous season-high with an 8.4 for second-place, followed by Tam's 8.0 to finish third.
Rounding Navy's sweep of event victories on Sunday, Stanton notched season-high recognition from the judges with an 8.4 on the parallel bars.
In addition to Tam's first-place marks on the high bar, two Midshipmen immediately followed in second and third. Peterman earned a season-best score of 8.5 from the judges, while Atzenbeck came in third with 8.2 points.
Navy returns home to host No. 10 William & Mary on Sunday, March 5, in a 3 p.m. meet in Macdonough Hall.